Sequence-targeted nucleosome sliding in vivo by a hybrid Chd1 chromatin remodeler.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Genome research (2016)


ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers regulate chromatin dynamics by modifying nucleosome positions and occupancy. DNA-dependent processes such as replication and transcription rely on chromatin to faithfully regulate DNA accessibility, yet how chromatin remodelers achieve well-defined nucleosome positioning in vivo is poorly understood. Here, we report a simple method for site-specifically altering nucleosome positions in live cells. By fusing the Chd1 remodeler to the DNA-binding domain of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Ume6 repressor, we show that this engineered fusion remodeler selectively positions nucleosomes on top of adjacent Ume6 binding motifs in a highly predictable and reproducible manner. Positioning of nucleosomes by the fusion remodeler recapitulates closed chromatin structure at Ume6 sensitive genes analogous to the endogenous Isw2 remodeler. Strikingly, highly precise positioning of single founder nucleosomes by either chimeric Chd1-Ume6 or endogenous Isw2 shifts phased chromatin arrays in cooperation with endogenous chromatin remodelers. Our results demonstrate feasibility of engineering precise nucleosome rearrangements through sequence-targeted chromatin remodeling and provide insight into targeted action and cooperation of endogenous chromatin remodelers in vivo.